The Indigoletta wicker rose is a rather capricious variety, but admiring with its amazing flowers of an outlandish lilac color. Perhaps, for a beginning gardener, planting and caring for this variety can be an overwhelming task, but an advanced specialist should definitely have such a “resident” on his territory.
The Indigoletta variety was bred more than thirty years ago in Holland. Its distinctive features are called the surprisingly original color of flowers, as well as long-term flowering: buds do not fall until the appearance of snow. As a rule, from 2 to 3 flowers containing about three dozen petals grow on one stem. In the state of the bud, they are painted in purple, and when opened, they acquire a more bluish tint - lilac. The size of a blossoming flower ranges from 8 to 10 centimeters, and in shape it resembles a glass in some way.
The height of the bush ranges from 250 to 300 centimeters, although sometimes it reaches 4 meters, and the width does not exceed 150 centimeters. The bush itself with dense rounded leaves, painted in a deep green hue, and strong stems grows powerful, strong. The rose looks very beautiful, which explains its frequent and extensive use in landscape design. The aroma of "Indigoletta" is bright and memorable. The variety is characterized by satisfactory frost resistance. If you additionally cover it for the winter, the bush will not die even in frosts, reaching -30 degrees.
Abundant flowering occurs for the first time in late spring - early summer, and the second time - at the junction of August and September. It is believed that the color of the flowers largely depends on where the bushes were planted, ranging from pale to intense shades of purple.
The variety is quite unpretentious, has innate immunity to common diseases.
Speaking about the disadvantages of this variety, it is possible to identify the likelihood of the appearance of a fungus in a situation of high humidity. Despite the fact that a rose needs a large amount of light, being under direct rays, it can simply burn out and lose its beautiful shade of petals. Finally, the shoots bend rather poorly, which means that when sheltering the culture for the winter, some difficulties may arise.
The Indigoletta rose should be planted on a site with high-quality lighting. The optimal soil is loose and fertile, but not with excessive moisture, but with calcareous impurities. If groundwater is located close to the surface, then you should not choose such a place for planting. In addition, it is important that there is additional protection on the north side. The choice of location also depends on whether the bush will later be part of the composition or grow on its own. In the first case, a rose can frame an arch or a doorway, decorate a facade or an arbor.
It is best to place the variety in the eastern sector of the house or plot.
Often, “Indigoletta” is immediately tied up so that the flowers appear looking in the right direction, or simply fixed fan-shaped. Supports are more appropriate to take made of metal, so that if necessary in time to carry out building. It is important to ensure the free movement of air inside the bush for the prevention of many diseases. When the climbing varieties are planted near the house or arbors, the holes should be dug out at a distance of one meter from the walls, otherwise the effects of atmospheric phenomena dripping from the roofs and drains will harm the plant.
To plant a rose bush, you must dig a hole, the depth of which reaches from 50 to 60 centimeters. More than 2/3 of its space is immediately filled with compost or a mixture of humus, river sand and turf. Having placed the Indigoletta in the hole, it is necessary to straighten its roots, and then gradually begin to sprinkle the earth, ramming each layer. Supports are installed 20 centimeters from the roots, and the neck of the rose is deepened exactly 5 centimeters. Having completed the filling with earth, the bush should immediately be slightly tilted towards the supports.
High-quality flowering varieties will provide regular pruning, performed according to the rules. Strong shoots of the first order should not be touched, but second-order shoots should be cut, leaving only those that show maximum efficiency. In addition, dead peduncles should always be removed.
In the spring of the Indigoletta rose, fertilizers containing phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen must be applied. In the summer months, when the first stage of flowering ends, the bush should be fed with a complex of potassium and phosphorus, which already contains a minimal amount of nitrogen. In August, nitrogen should disappear altogether from the diet, and potassium should be fertilized to a greater extent. In addition, even before the appearance of flowers, it is worth spraying the bushes with boron micronutrients.
Indigoletta will not survive the cold without additional shelter if the temperature drops below -15 degrees.
If the winter in the region is usually mild, it will be enough to huddle and qualitatively mulch the lower part of the bush. When shelter is still necessary, you will first have to bend hard lashes, and you will have to do this in several stages. First of all, they are girded with rope loops, then they are slightly tilted to the ground and fixed with pegs. Seven days later, the rope will have to be shortened so that the rose bends more.
Repeat this procedure several times before “Indigoletta” comes to the right position. To whip during this procedure did not break, experts recommend under the base to lay round pieces of wood. In the final stage, the bush is protected by an air-dry shelter. For example, it can be a polyethylene film fixed with brackets and earthen piles. Ideally, a kind of tunnel should be formed in which there is air, but there is no access for precipitation.
An important part of crop care is the prevention of common diseases. Already in March, the bush should be sprayed with fungicides, for example, Bordeaux liquid or stronger drugs. Doing this is only in dry weather without wind. In addition, it is recommended to treat the bushes in spring with copper sulfate, and in the summer with a mixture of soap and soda ash. This procedure will prevent the appearance of powdery mildew.
If the disease still happened, then all the affected parts of the plant must be cut off and burned, it is just as important to deal with falling leaves.
After the winter, it is important to destroy all stems, leaves and branches that are either frozen, infected, broken, or affected by putrefactive diseases. If this is not done, then the remaining debris can be a source of disease or the reproduction of insect pests. It is important to mention that if the rose blooms poorly, it is recommended to change the position of its lashes. If you make them more horizontal, having previously fixed it on a special support, you will be able to activate the development of the buds and, accordingly, the appearance of flowers.
Watering this variety is necessary quite often. Immediately after planting, irrigation is carried out daily in an amount of once in the absence of rain. Following watering is carried out as necessary, sufficient, but not excessive, since excess moisture immediately leads to decay of the root system. If necessary, you can create a special drainage system. Each irrigation, both natural and artificial, ends with a cultivation procedure. This procedure prevents stagnation of the fluid and activates the flow of air to the root system. Also, to protect the soil, it can be mulched, for example, with straw. This will save friability and the required amount of moisture in the soil.
Statements by gardeners who have already tried the Indigoletta rose variety are quite controversial. For example, there is a review that says that, despite the three-meter tall bushes, they develop quite slowly and look bare. In addition, a flower planted in the shade immediately became infected with black spotting, as a result of which it does not please the owners with abundant flowering. On other bushes, the buds bloom normally, painted in a lilac-ashy shade.
Another review contains information that Indigoletta is developing satisfactorily even in the presence of a shadow that additionally protects against burnout. The smell of the variety is very strong, at first it seems even artificial, but over time you get used to it and begin to experience pleasure.
Other gardeners note that burnout occurs only if the roses are exposed to direct sunlight at the sunniest peak. A huge advantage is the flowering of culture until Christmas, accompanied by a beautiful appearance. Finally, there is a story that in the first year “Indigoletta” produced only three weak shoots with inconspicuous flowers, but already in the next year it blossomed so abundantly that it was necessary to cover it before the cold in the presence of flowers.
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